“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing.
That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.” ― Clarissa Pinkola Estés
I read this quote and the prompts for today and I was struggling with it.
In the morning I prepped a page. The paper in my journal isn’t very good, so I’m gluing two pages together and priming the paper with gesso. It was all dry and ready for my journaling.
I read the prompts again.
Today’s Journal Prompts:
- If I invited my wildness out to play, she would take me…
- If I were willing to be stone stupid, I would make…
- If I weren’t afraid of being called stone stupid, I would…
- I could stop censoring myself here:
Setting a timer for 5 minutes, I started writing on a piece of copy paper, without an idea of where it would go. I chose the first prompt and started writing. …and kept writing even after the timer went off. Inspired, I grabbed my open journal and bright yellow ink from a rainbow ink pad on my craft desk.
After swooping bright ink and splattering watercolor on the page…
I realized I was way in the middle of the book not on the right page (which I’d prepped earlier)! That’s what happens when I invite my wildness out to play!
I left that page in the journal, turned back to the right place and did another page of swoops of colored ink and splatters of watercolor.
The envelope with the invitation to my wildness also has the journaling I wrote as part of this process.
After I put the envelope in the book, I realized I’d highlighted the wrong month! I decided to leave it, even though it is really July, not June.
Most of the things I create are fairly small in scale. This page made me think about larger, messier work that I can’t do easily at home at my craft desk.
Scratch paper that I used to cover supplies on my desk.
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